Benjo's Review of Mission: Space: Green Team (Spoiler Alert)
I was lucky enough to be at Disney World this past weekend and decided to check out the new less intense version of Mission Space. Now, I have to say that I love the original version of the ride and I was very skeptical of how the less intense version would turn out. Honestly, I was expecting it to be pretty lame. OK, now that I've gotten my disclaimer out of the way, on with the review.
My wife and I headed over to Epcot around noon (after spending the morning at AK riding Everest 5 times!). We headed straight over to Mission Space. CM's were outside the attraction handing out two different colored flight tickets and explaining the difference between the two attractions. The orange ticket was for the original version of the ride. The green ticket was for the new, less intense version:
Each ticket also had a little explanation of the version of the ride, i.e spinning or no spinning, and the safety warnings. (The only safety warning on the green ticket was that expectant mothers should not ride). Both also warned about being in an enclosed space. The height requirement remained the same for both versions.
Now, the Fast Pass lane is in the same spot as usual, and both green and orange tickets with fast passes go through the same line. The old single ride lane is now used for the green tickets and the old regular standby lane is used for orange tickets:
On Saturday, only 3 of the 4 flight rooms were being used, 1 for green tickets and 2 for orange. Both versions of the ride were posting a wait of 20 minutes. So, with the waits being the same, I would say that it looked like more people were still riding the original orange version, as it can accomodate more people at one time.
OK, on to the actual ride. I was honestly thrilled by how good the less intense version on the ride is. It is the same movie as in the original ride. The vehicle is tilted so that you are still on your back facing up for lift off. Between the tilting, the shaking and rumbling and the air blowing in yor face, you still feel as though you are moving upwards into space. The only difference is there there isn't the feeling of pressure on your face and chest (We also rode the more intense version of the ride just after to get a good sense of the difference). We were able to look all around the cabin and at each other during the ride, which was a pleasant change to the original.
I would not at all hesitate to ride this version again, and I really don't think you are missing too much of the experience by taking the less intense route. It should be great for those with motion sickness problems or general health problems, and especially younger children.
I hope this helps, and I'd be happy to answer and questions!
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